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UNT Insider | March 2007 Issue

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President's Note

President Bataille pauses for a picture with Sarah Donehy at the Jan. 22 reception in Washington, D.C.

President Bataille pauses for a picture with Sarah Donehy at the January reception in Washington, D.C. Ms. Donehy traveled from Pennsylvania to deliver her late mother's scrapbooks to university representatives. Ms. Donehy's mother, Charlotte Bohlin, who graduated from UNT in 1948 with a degree in library science, is seen in the picture President Bataille holds.

Dear Alum,

My nationwide inaugural tour wrapped up last week in Los Angeles, where I was fortunate enough to meet with more than 60 alumni such as actor Peter Weller of RoboCop fame and civic leader John Kelly.

Throughout the tour, I've had the honor of meeting with hundreds of alumni like you. I've truly enjoyed hearing the passion and excitement in their voices as they talk about their North Texas experiences and how their UNT degrees have made the difference.

In Washington, D.C., for example, the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia kindly hosted a beautiful reception for more than 80 alumni and friends in January. I was pleased to meet alumni like Christopher Henson, a 2004 graduate of UNT's honors program who now is enrolled in the School of International Service at American University in D.C., and Travis Richmond, who now serves as a legislative aide to U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison. The evening before the reception, then Saudi Arabia Ambassador Prince Turki Al-Faisal welcomed me and about 30 UNT and Saudi guests to his home for dinner, including 1982 UNT graduate Nawal Al-Jubeir, who now serves as academic adviser for the education office of the Saudi embassy.

Other notable alumni I've had the honor of meeting along the way include Bob Dorough, author of many of the beloved songs from Schoolhouse Rock - the Saturday morning television mainstay that spanned three decades; Douglas Adams, president and CEO of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra; and music graduate Iskandar Kamilov, who serves as concert master for the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and overwhelmed us with his beautiful violin solo at the Illinois event.

Reconnecting with our alumni and supporters like these is imperative if we are to develop new partnerships that will help carry us into the future. Already, I've learned so much about the difference North Texas alumni are making in cities all across our nation and the world. I look forward to meeting even more of you.

With green pride,
Gretchen M. Bataille


UNT men's basketball

Mean Green men's basketball team heads to NCAA Championship Tournament
Our campus community was wowed by the stellar performance of the Mean Green men's basketball team when they clinched the Sun Belt Conference Title and earned an automatic bid to the NCAA Championship Tournament last week. The team's 83-75 win over Arkansas State University March 6 gave them their 23rd win of the season, the most ever by a UNT team. The Mean Green will play Memphis March 16 in the first round of the NCAA Championship Tournament in New Orleans Arena at Tulane University. UNT's appearance in the NCAA tournament will be the first since the 1987-88 season. If you plan to join the team in New Orleans, our North Texas Ticket Office can help get you on your way. I applaud the hard work and effort by these student athletes and Head Coach Johnny Jones and his staff.

art students

Mark your calendars for Alumni Appreciation Day, Alumni Awards
Please plan to attend this year's Alumni Appreciation Day April 20. The event features a luncheon, which honors outstanding alumni from each academic department, and is set for noon in the University Union, Silver Eagle Suite. In addition, the university sponsors an evening Alumni Awards reception, which includes those honored for the Distinguished Alumnus/Alumna Award and additional awards. The reception begins at 6:30 p.m. with dinner following at 7:30 p.m. in the Gateway Center Ballroom. To participate in my random drawings to win a pair of tickets to the luncheon, e-mail me by 5 p.m. March 28 at To purchase tickets for the luncheon ($12) or to make reservations for the dinner ($50), please call (940) 565-3480 by April 17.

UNT brand

Moving Forward: Peer group set for establishing benchmarks, measuring success
One of my top priorities when I arrived on campus last fall was to identify a list of peer institutions from across the nation for our university. The 14 higher education institutions selected to be in our peer group will help establish our benchmarks for measuring student retention and graduation, faculty and administrative salaries, federal research funding and fundraising, just to name a few areas we will be studying. This is an extremely important step as we move toward achieving the goals outlined in our Strategic Plan. Using the peer group to assess our progress and successes will allow us to move at a realistic pace for improvement and change as we achieve our goals.

The Chiapas Project

UNT partners with The Chiapas Project
I am proud to announce that UNT is the first university in the nation to partner with The Chiapas Project, a program designed to help improve the lives of women and families in some of the world's poorest countries. This important nonprofit organization works to eradicate poverty by providing small loans to poor women seeking to start their own small businesses. On March 28, I will officially launch the fundraising project at the Women in Leadership Day Luncheon. We will collect old cell phones and ink jet cartridges for the project. The money raised from collecting and recycling these items goes directly to The Chiapas Project to advance its good work.

From Left: Rich Templeton, TI president and CEO, and Dr. John Price, UNT Dallas 
						Campus vice provost

Foundation gives $1.1 million grant to UNT Dallas Campus
The Texas Instruments Foundation presented the UNT Dallas Campus with a $1.1 million grant to establish the TI Math Scholars program. The program's overall goal is to encourage more students - especially those from underrepresented groups such as ethnic minorities and women - to seek bachelor's degrees in mathematics with math teacher certification. This is a worthwhile partnership that ultimately benefits students at the Dallas Campus working toward their degrees and the young students they will serve in public schools as highly qualified math teachers.

Bataille in SA with two football recruits who signed letters of intent

Spring football scrimmages and fall schedule
As promised, I want you to be among the first to have the Fall 2007 football schedule. The season, which kicks off Sept. 1 when the Mean Green takes on Oklahoma, should be an exciting one under Coach Todd Dodge's leadership. You also can purchase your season tickets now. And if you are like other Mean Green fans I'm meeting and can't wait until the fall for football, you might consider attending one of our spring scrimmages set to be played at 3:30 p.m. March 30 and April 13 or the spring game at 3 p.m. April 22 at Fouts Field.

Richard Rogers

Faculty Focus: Richard Rogers
Richard Rogers, a professor of psychology, recently was awarded the Florence Halpern Award for Distinguished Professional Contributions to Clinical Psychology by the Society of Clinical Psychology, Division 12, of the American Psychological Association. This award honors psychologists like Dr. Rogers for their distinguished theoretical or empirical advances in psychology leading to the understanding of important practical problems. Dr. Rogers, who joined the UNT community in 1991, serves as the principal investigator for a National Science Foundation grant for evaluating Miranda warnings and waivers. In 2005, he was ranked nationally as one of the top 25 most productive faculty members across all clinical psychology programs in a study published in Research in Developmental Disabilities. My congratulations go to this hardworking and accomplished faculty member.

international students with flags

UNT Traditions: International Studies and Programs
UNT has a proud tradition of attracting the best and brightest students from across the globe. With students from more than 110 countries, we currently enroll more than 2,100 international students. This ensures our campus has a diverse student population and provides all of our students with the experience necessary to launch their careers in our global society. And to ensure our university further gains international recognition, UNT agreed to be one of four educational institutions in the United States selected from many applicants to participate in this spring's U.S. State Department program to teach foreign educational advisers about American universities. In addition to equipping these international college advisers with information about American universities, this program also ensures that our university becomes better known across the globe and attracts even more top-quality international students.

Class Notes logo

Featured Link: North Texan Class Notes
Because I've enjoyed getting to know so many of you through tour visits, e-mails, letters and campus events, I'd like to suggest a way for you to reconnect with each other - The North Texan's Class Notes. This feature in the quarterly alumni magazine allows you to share your personal and career news with our greater UNT community. I encourage you to consider sharing your news with us via a class note. I'm certain your fellow alums are just as eager as I am to hear what you've been up to since graduation. In the meantime, be sure to read up on your former classmates.

North Texas Exes

Exes prepare for Lab Band Madness Pre-Party
I hope you will be able to join the North Texas Exes and the College of Music for their first Lab Band Madness Pre-Party from 6 to 8 p.m. April 17 at the Alumni Center in the Gateway Center. Exes members can purchase a $15 ticket package that includes a ticket to the 7 p.m. concert, a Lab 2006 CD, College of Music tote bag and other Exes goodies. Please RSVP for the event by April 11 by sending an e-mail to or calling (940) 565-2834. To learn more about the Exes and how you can get involved, visit

March 2007

At a Glance

Mean Green men's basketball team heads to NCAA Championship Tournament

Mark your
calendars for Alumni Appreciation Day, Alumni Awards

Moving Forward: Peer group set for establishing benchmarks, measuring success

UNT partners with The Chiapas Project

Foundation gives $1.1 million grant to UNT Dallas Campus

Spring football scrimmages and fall schedule

Faculty Focus: Richard Rogers

UNT Traditions: International Studies and Programs

Featured Link: North Texan Class Notes

Exes prepare for Lab Band Madness Pre-Party

Don't Forget!

Author and environmental activist Robert F. Kennedy Jr. will speak at UNT March 14 as part of the university's Distinguished Lecture Series.

Join President Bataille March 31 for the fifth annual UNT Beautification Day.

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